Kelowna resident hoping to impact the community with a pinecone

Trading in a pinecone

Madison Erhardt

A longtime Kelowna resident is hoping to make a large impact on the community by taking a pinecone and trading it in for something bigger and better.

Stephanie Horman says she picked up a pinecone from her kid's school yard last week and and decided to see what she can trade it in for by the end of September.

"First it was a pinecone that traded for a 3D printed dragon, that was traded for a basket of fresh picked Okanagan fruit, which went for a basket of non-toxic cleaning products. Next was a trade for a variety pack of unique alcoholic beers, which was traded for a wake board and life jacket. The next trade was for a $1,000 shopping spree at Hillberg & Berk."

She has just recently traded it for a three-night stay at an Airbnb and two tickets to Big White.

Horman says she was inspired by the paperclip challenge.

In 2005, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald traded his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of 14 online trades over the course of a year.

"Whatever I get for the final trade, I am donating back to charity or back into the community in some way. So please, if you have a trade that is amazing, shoot me a message, I would love to hear any trade."

Those interested in trading can email Horman or send her a message on Instagram.

"I have had people wanting to know when I am doing the next one because maybe they had something to trade, but it is not quite at the price point that I'm at right now. I have had people from Germany, from down in the states who want to be a part of this."

"I gave myself a time limit this time I wanted to keep it Okanagan based and community based here in Kelowna so I will definitely be doing it again just to see how big we can make this go," she added.

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